Thursday, November 06, 2008

So You Think You Can Dance Canada - Dancing Dozen

Top 12 - Performance Night - Ep. 113

Judges: Jean Marc Genereux, Tre Armstrong, Melissa Williams, Rex Harrington

Choreographers: Sho-Tyme, Paul Becker, Luther Brown, Dmitry Chaplin, Danny Quilliam
Amazing what the camera picks up and hides since seeing the Top 12 on television now seems quite different than seeing it live at the taping for this show. At least for a few of the pairings this week. In fact, I also went from having a clear favorite dance this week to pretty much loving 4 of the pairs.

Anyways, another great show overall leading into the first Canada's Top 10! I'll update this with photos and videos soon (UPDATE: Videos are up!):

Natalli Reznik and Francis Lafrenière
Style: Salsa
Choreographer: Gustavo Vargas
Song: "Hasta Que Se Rompa el Cuero" - Sonora Carruseles

Original Grade from Seeing it Live: Grade: B-

Original Comments: I don't know if it was Natalli's full fringe blue dress which flung fringe every which way but I thought the dance looked messy and Natalli almost always seemed to be looking at Francis trying to keep up, keep in step. Yet the judges LOVED them. LOVED them and LOVED Natalli as always. Rex keeps them on the Sexy Rexy Rocket and Tre praises Natalli for letting Francis lead and taking a step back, while I just thought she looked like she needed to make sure what he was doing to do the same thing herself. I usually enjoy these two but I'm getting tired of them always getting ballroom type dances and even then, I didn't think this was their best week. They looked liked they struggled to make a few of the lifts and while I know it's not easy to learn a new dance AND lifts all in the span of a weekend, they looked like they could have used a few more days to practice.

New TV Grade: B+

New TV Comments: That looked a lot cleaner on TV and in fact, I think it was FRANCIS that seemed slightly messy in a few small moments and the camera really hides the shakiness in their lifts.

Here's the Video of Natalli and Francis' Salsa:

Allie Bertram and Danny Arbour
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Luther Brown
Song: "In the Ayer" - Flo Rida feat. Will.I.Am

Original Grade from Seeing it Live: B+

Original Comments: Allie and Danny do Hip Hop! And it's nowhere near the disaster you would think it could be! In fact, I was so impressed with them, and especially Allie, that I was shocked to hear the judges point out all the faults (particularly with Allie) with Rex and Melissa not really liking it at all. Yes they could have hit it just a bit harder and I thought the two could have been a bit tighter together but I thought they were great live. THOUGH I will say when I did glance up at the screen for a few moments, Allie looked totally different on screen than live (even though I'm essentially watching her live and on screen at the same time) so it was a bit weird because Allie seemed loose on camera but hard and hip hoppy in person, so maybe the judges noticed things more from their higher perch. Personally I totally loved it.

New TV Grade: A-

New TV Comments: Oops, I made a mistake with Melissa's comments above. I think I was so perturbed by Rex's comments that I just glazed over Melissa's positive comments. Good because that looked even better on camera and it didn't turn out soft like I thought it might have been. It looked great live and looked even better on TV.

Here's the Video of Allie and Danny's Hip Hop:

Lara Smythe and Miles Faber
Style: Fox Trot
Choreographer: Danny Quilliam
Song: "Summer Wind" - Michael Bublé

Original Grade from Seeing it Live: A-

Original Comments: The judges loved it and I loved it. Miles had clean lines and really took last week's advice and really must have worked on his hands and technique. Miles floated across the stage this week and those hands were never loosey goosey and he really stepped it up with the Fox Trot which is so easily another killer dance that has destroyed many a dancers on this show before. Lara looked beautiful in her white and pink flowery dress and they evoked an island atmosphere that Tre noted that the dance felt like it should have continued on in a phase 2 because it was just so wonderful. There were slight technique problems with their carriages (which one of the judges notes) which I noticed too but so much of it was such a delight, especially from these two who already have a lovely charming glow about them that I really hope people vote to keep them into the Top 10 since it seems like their popularity is waning (based on last weeks bottom 3 results and chatter on the net).

Maybe people will remember their number a bit more this week since Lara pulls out a lipstick from her dress to draw "Vote 3". On Miles' chest and abs. Hot damn! I only wish she wrote "Lick It" instead.

New TV Grade: A-

New TV Comments: Sadly the camera angle didn't let you see Miles the whole time since Lara's dress floated across the stage covering him up half the time, because he really carried his lines and supported his hands the whole way through and just looked fantastic! Still, I thought it looked great on screen and Miles was strong yet smooth and flexible while Lara just glided across the stage.

Here's the Video of Lara and Miles' Fox Trot:

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald and Izaak Smith
Style: Jive
Choreographer: Dmitry Chaplin
Song: "Untouched" - The Veronicas

Original Grade from Seeing it Live: B+

Original Comments: For once I actually like these two and the judges disliked them again. The judges mainly criticized their actual jiving with weak footwork and weak kicks but I guess since I couldn't see their feet closely, I didn't notice and only saw the energy they expelled, with Izaak finally making an impression on me. Tre does note that this is Izaak's best week yet but is STILL not enough. They still are one of my least favorite couples but I will give them credit for finally pulling a great dance last week just as it saved them from being booted out and again this week where I personally thought they did a pretty great job. Who knows, maybe it looks totally different on camera.

New TV Grade: B-

New TV Comments: Okay, now that I could see the feet clearly, I understand the criticisms the judges had with them. The feetwork was slightly messy and not precise or hard at all. I still loved the energy of the piece and enjoyed the choreography and I think Izaak has grown immensely with his stage presence but it might be too little too late now. I also think I enjoyed it so much because I LOVE the song and love The Veronicas.

Here's the Video of Kaitlyn and Izaak's Jive:

Arassay Reyes and Nico Archambault
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Paul Becker
Song: "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" - James Brown

Original Grade from Seeing it Live: A

Original Comments: ...and... these two are back in a contemporary styled piece again... hmm... how strangely accomodating...
on the other hand, Nico and Arassay totally kill the piece yet again with tons of passion and jumping on top of each other and wriggling around each other. Essentially their specialty in a "jazz" routine that doesn't seem jazz to me at all but totally designed to highlight all of Nico and Arassay's best assets (including a bit of a striptease from Nico that sends all the girls and some of the boys in the audience into a tizzy). As always, they get the biggest applause, the judges totally love it, and these two are about as safe as anyone can get, with Jean Marc declaring them the best of the night but I'm curious to see them next week when they will finally be split apart and see if their chemistry can carry through to new partners (cause lets face it, these two are not going to be cut this week. That's a guarantee).

New TV Grade: A-

New TV Comments: They still did a great job but I think the choreography looked lacking on TV. Considering that I've usually liked Paul's choreography (but based on seeing them live), I wonder if his stuff really works live on stage and isn't made as well for TV? (Think Dan Karaty stuff too).

Here's the Video of Arassay and Nico's Jazz:

Lisa Auguste and Vincent Noiseux
Style: House
Choreographer: Sho Tyme
Song: "100% Pure Love" - Crystal Waters

Original Grade from Seeing it Live: B

Original Comments: When Lisa and Vincent danced in unison or in "battle", it was awesome, but I felt they fell apart a little when they went into some of the slower portions of the choreography (that were usually separate dancing), especially Lisa who seemed almost tired and taking a big breathe break but I guess maybe I was being too picky because the judges loved them and Tre, Rex and Melissa declare THIS dance to be the best of the night. I'm not so sure about that but I do love these two and totally realize that these two probably have the least fans (which you could totally tell from the number of signs they got compared to the other dancers, and the fact that they always seem to be in the bottom 3 despite being two of the best dancers in the group) so I get that the judges are probably propping them up a bit more to make sure they get through.

New TV Grade: A-

New TV Comments: Again, now that I can see the feetwork, I'm even more impressed. I still think the moment they separate to do their own thing slowed things down and Lisa looked like she stopped a moment to take a breather but when these two danced together, it was AWESOME!

Here's the Video of Lisa and Vincent's House:

My original roundup:
Favorite Pairs Dance of the Night: Nico and Arassay
2nd Favorite Pairs Dance of the Night: Miles and Lara

Worst Dance of the Night: Natalli and Francis

So the judges loved Natalli and Francis while I didn't. They didn't like Allie and Danny while I did. And they loved Lisa and Vincent when I thought there were some problems. And they really hated Kaitlyn and Izaak while I finally didn't. Maybe I'm totally off this week but it all seemed a bit too manipulated (even though I too probably want Kaitlyn and Izaak out, at least over Mile and Lara, Lisa and Vincent and Allie and Danny and of course, Nico and Arassay).

Bottom 3 Predictions:
Lisa and Vincent
Lara and Miles
Kaitlyn and Izaak

Just based on my gut feeling, though it did seem like Natalli and Francis' fans are weaning because they had the next least number of signs to Lisa and Vincent this week. At this point, I feel that the judges always seem to overpraise Natalli. It used to be Kaitlyn but now Natalli. Hopefully Natalli and Francis will be bottom 3 and replace Lara and Miles or Lisa and Vincent. Though Allie and Danny getting bad judgements AND the cursed Canadian Hip Hop could do them in too. Man, it better not be Danny and Allie, Lara and Miles and Lisa and Vincent on the bottom 3. I think I will flip if that happens.

If I were to pick who I WANTED to go, I think I would still have to say Izaak for the boys (even though he was finally good in the past 2 weeks) and either Natalli or Kaitlyn because Kaitlyn is inconsistent in her energy and aura while I think Natalli is starting to survive on her looks and Francis' coattails.

My revised roundup:
Favorite Pairs Dance of the Night: Danny and Allie & Miles and Lara
2nd Favorite Pairs Dance of the Night: Nico and Arassay & Vincent and Lisa
Favorite Individual Boy of the Night: Miles
Favorite Individual Girl of the Night: Allie

Worst Dance of the Night: Kaitlyn and Izaak
Bottom 3 Predictions:
Lara and Miles
Natalli and Francis
Kaitlyn and Izaak

Although either way, with 6 pairs left, 3 being bottom and 3 safe, and 4 pairs that I LOVE, someone is still going to have to dance for their life. Ugh...

So here are the dancers in current order from my favorite to least (which is different to who I think is the best) which uh, actually didn't change from last week:

1. Miles
2. Allie
3. Nico
4. Arassay
5. Vincent
6. Lara
7. Danny
8. Lisa
9. Francis
10. Kaitlyn
11. Natalli
12. Izaak

Going home this week? Izaak and Kaitlyn

At least, I hope so, or at least Natalli but I don't want to lose any other boy or any other girl at this point.

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1 comment:

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